What do humans have in common with bike tires and those cartoon-character balloons that are hauled down parade routes on holidays? All three contain gas.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), it's common for people to produce one-half to two quarts of gas a day, expelling it in up to 14 daily bursts. Some gas gets into people's digestive tracts after they swallow it from the surrounding air. But some gas is there because bacteria in the colon produce it after munching on undigested material.
Some people may find gas in their digestive tract to be particularly uncomfortable . This is called bloating . Gas discomfort is a common symptom that in most cases doesn't point to a serious problem. But if gas is causing you serious pain or it's been uncomfortable for more than two weeks, bring it to your doctor's attention. Also make an appointment with your doctor if you also have other symptoms that could be related, such as weight loss.
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Generic Name: ALUMINUM/MAGNESIUM ANTACID/SIMETHICONE -
ORAL Pronounced: (a-LOO-mi-num/mag-NEE-zee-um/sye-METH-i-kone) Antacid Anti-Gas Oral Uses
This medication is used to treat the symptoms of too much
stomach acid such as stomach upset, heartburn, and acid indigestion. It is also
used to relieve symptoms of extra gas such as belching, bloating, and feelings
of pressure/discomfort in the stomach/gut. Simethicone helps break up gas
bubbles in the gut. Aluminum and magnesium antacids work quickly to lower the
acid in the stomach. Liquid antacids usually work faster/better than tablets or
This medication works only on existing acid in the
stomach. It does not prevent acid production. It may be used alone or with
other medications that lower acid production (e.g., H2 blockers such as
cimetidine/ranitidine and proton pump inhibitors such as
If you are self-treating with this medication, carefully
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Alternative Names Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome Symptoms Confusion Diarrhea General ill-feeling Headaches High fever, sometimes accompanied by chills Low blood pressure Muscle aches Nausea and vomiting Organ failure (usually kidneys and liver) Redness of eyes, mouth, throat Seizures Widespread red rash that looks like a sunburn -- skin peeling occurs 1 or 2 weeks after the rash, particularly on the palms of the hand or bottom of the feet Signs and tests No single test can diagnose toxic shock syndrome. The diagnosis is based on several criteria: fever, low blood pressure, a rash that peels after 1-2 weeks, and problems with the function of at least three organs. In some cases, blood cultures may be positive for growth of S. aureus .
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